The Temple Owls field hockey team did an unbelievable job of putting together a winning streak to make it to the Big East Championship game, but they ran into #2 nationally ranked UConn and they were just too much for the Owls to handle.
UConn scored five first half goals and added on two more in the second half as they beat the Owls by a score of 7-3. The two-time defending national champions improved to 20-0 on the season and now move on to and will attempt to win their third consecutive national championship.
The Huskies quick start put this game out of reach early, as all five of their first half goals came in the first 15 minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Casey Umstead opened up the scoring for the Huskies just over five minutes in. They then proceeded to score at the 6:04 mark, 7:59 mark, 9:51 mark, and the 14:40 mark to cap off the five goal half.
Facing a 5-0 deficit, Temple was able to cut the deficit to 5-2 going into halftime as senior midfielder Sarah Deck got the Owls on the board 19 minutes in and senior forward Alyssa Delp put home a penalty stroke goal 32 minutes in.
UConn came out fast again in the second half as about three and half minutes in, senior midfielder Roison Upton put home a goal off a penalty corner to extend the Huskies lead to 6-2.
Another penalty stroke goal from Delp cut the deficit to 6-3 with 17 minutes left, but the Owls were unable to score any more after that. Delp’s two goals means she finishes the year with 16 goals, including 6-6 on penalty stroke opportunities.
The Huskies capped the scoring with 2 minutes left in the game as sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner scored her second of the game and 38th of the season, which leads the country.
Delp and fellow seniors Sarah Deck and Tricia Light were all named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team.